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How to Clean Your Natural Stone

How to Clean Your Natural Stone

Dull counters, floors, and shower walls are all common complaints of homeowners with natural stone. While regularly sealing your natural stone should be a part of your routine, so should polishing. The team here at Stone Restoration Works wants to give you a guide on how to properly polish your stone so that its’ beauty will be enduring.

1: Clean- To get started, you will need to properly clean the surface. As tempting as it may be, do not skip this step. Afterall, you do not want to go through the hassle of polishing your stone all for naught, do you? You probably know this already, but it is also imperative that you use a special cleaner for stone surfaces and not just your typical household cleaner. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe the cleaner away, along with any debris or grime.

2: Seal- If you have not done so recently, you will want to add a fresh coat of sealant before polishing. If you are not sure if the surface needs a new application, you can run a simple test. Simply pour a small bit of water on an area of the counter or floor. Allow that to sit for around 30 minutes. If there is a dark spot developing by the time you return, this is a sure sign that the water is being allowed to penetrate the surface and that it needs a fresh coat.

3: Cure- Once you apply a fresh coat of sealant, allow it around 24 hours to cure and dry. No need to rush the process. Plus, you get to take a break from your project. No complaints here. Once the sealant is dry, brush away any lingering debris.

4: Polish- Finally, apply the polish to the surface you are working on. Take another lint-free cloth and begin buffing the surface, working in small sections along the way. And that is it. Polishing does not need to be a time-consuming process. The only thing that may hold you back is if you need to allow time for a sealant to cure and dry.

By knowing how to properly care for your natural stone, its shine and beauty can last you a lifetime. Of course, things happen like etching, dulling, and cracking. If you have noticed these common issues on your granite, marble, or other natural stone, not all is lost. Stone Restoration Works can restore your stone surfaces no matter what condition they are in. We are experts in treating all problems, especially Colorado specific ones. Give us a call today to schedule a free evaluation!

By Stone Restoration Works 1-28-2020